Air Canada flight staff graded on appearance, sexually harassed by management, union alleges

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Description: Airline says it has zero tolerance for harassment or discrimination Source: CBC.ca Date: Mar 28, 2018 Link: http://www.cbc.ca/news/business/air-canada-sexual-harassment-flight-attendants-cupe-1.4597640 Questions for discussion: Summarize the issues raised in this report. How should management and employees deal with complaints?

Over 1,000 miles on a single charge: A glimpse into the future of bus travel

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Description: Around the world, hundreds of millions, if not billions, of people use buses to get around towns and cities. Source: CNBC.com – video report Date: Mar 29, 2018 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2018/03/29/future-travel-california-made-bus-travels-1000-miles-on-single-charge.html Questions for discussion: Why is this technological development so important for the environmental movement? Do you think governments should subsidize purchases through municipal bus… Read more »

In search of higher margins, Canada Goose to make more of its own luxury coats

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Description: Company plans to have as many as 20 stores by the end of 2020 from six now Source: CBC.ca Date: Mar 21, 2018 Link: http://www.cbc.ca/news/business/canada-goose-production-1.4586041 Questions for discussion: Explain the success of the firm from an operations management point of view. Why has domestic production helped increase margins? What else can management do to… Read more »

Toys ‘R’ Us Is Closing Its Stores — But Who Will Take the Space?

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Description: The collapse of Toys “R” Us Inc. is yet another blow for landlords, who now will have gaping holes of suburban retail space up for grabs. And few tenants would want them. Source: Fortune.com – video report Date: Mar 16, 2018 Link: http://fortune.com/2018/03/16/toys-r-us-vacant-storefronts/ Questions for discussion: Why did the company fail? What could management… Read more »

Raise a glass! Your next hotel room might offer wine on tap

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Description: Forget space travel; this is the future we really need. Source: Bloomberg.com Date: Mar 8, 2018 Link: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-03-08/your-next-hotel-room-might-have-wine-on-tap Questions for discussion: Who is the target market for this service? Why does this service make sense from an operations management point of view?

WestJet chief Gregg Saretsky retires, effective immediately, replaced by Ed Sims

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Description: WestJet Airlines Ltd.’s announcement of a new chief executive, effective Thursday, marks an abrupt end to an eight-year run for outgoing CEO Gregg Saretsky. Source: Globe.ca Date: Mar 08, 2018 Link: https://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/westjet-ceo-gregg-saretsky-retires-effective-immediately/article38247007/ Questions for discussion: Why do you suppose leadership changes so abruptly so often at WestJet? Do you think this change at the… Read more »

How to Train Your Brain for Success

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Description: It comes down to one simple thing: your morning routine. Source: Entrepreneur.com Date: Mar 11, 2018 Link: https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/310200?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email Questions for discussion: What are the lessons presented to managers in this podcast? What do you think of this advice?

For many factory towns, white collar job loss hurts the most

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Description: With the abandoned smokestacks off the bay and ramshackle factories along 12th Street, it’s easy to pin the blame for this industrial city’s plight on the loss of manufacturing jobs to China and Mexico. Source: Star-Telegram.com Date: Mar 7, 2018 Link: http://www.star-telegram.com/news/nation-world/national/article203862089.html Questions for discussion: What does this report say about the complexity of… Read more »

This House Can Be 3D-Printed For $4,000

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Description:  In rural El Salvador, a family living on $1.90 a day might live in a makeshift house with dirt floors, thin walls, and no running water. But next year, dozens of those families will move into one of the world’s first communities of 3D-printed homes. Source: FastCompany.com Date: Mar 12, 2018 Link: https://www.fastcompany.com/40538464/this-house-can-be-3d-printed-for-4000?utm_source=postup&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Fast%20Company%20Daily&position=1&partner=newsletter&campaign_date=03122018 Questions… Read more »

Ottawa to scrap IBM payroll plan gone awry, costing $1 billion

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Description: Canada plans to scrap a major IBM federal payroll plan that created chaos for thousands of government workers and will have cost the government almost $1 billion by the time it’s over. Source: BNN.ca Date: Mar 01, 2018 Link: https://www.bnn.ca/ottawa-to-scrap-ibm-payroll-plan-gone-awry-costing-1-billion-1.1014734 Questions for discussion: What lessons are to be learned from this fiasco by managers at… Read more »